Bellingham, WA Maximum Size of Retail Establishments
Type: Municipal Code
Status: Adopted via ordinance in 2007
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Title 20 LAND USE DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 10 GENERAL PROVISIONS
20.10.025 - RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS - MAXIMUM SIZE
A. An individual retail establishment, including but not limited to membership warehouse clubs, discount stores, specialized product stores and department stores, shall not exceed 90,000 square feet of gross floor area. This restriction shall apply in all zones, including all General Use Types and Use Qualifiers. If this Section conflicts with any other provisions of this Title, this Section shall prevail.
B. For the purpose of Subsection 20.10.025.A., gross floor area shall consist of the sum of the gross horizontal areas of all floors within the inside perimeter of the exterior walls of the structure or tenant space and roofed or partially walled outdoor areas reserved for the display, storage, or sale of merchandise, including accessory uses inside the primary retail establishment. Structured parking is excluded. The gross floor area of adjacent stores shall be aggregated in cases where the stores (1) are engaged in the selling of similar or related merchandise and operate under common ownership or management; (2) share check stands, a warehouse, or a distribution facility; or (3) otherwise operate as associated, integrated or cooperative business enterprises.
C. A building space occupied by an existing single retail establishment larger than 90,000 square feet may change occupancy to a different retail establishment of the same or smaller size.